Lifestyle: Temporium

Since September, a hip retail-cum-cafe concept store has quietly popped up along the unassuming Dunlop Street in the neighbourhood of Little India. Meet Temporium, a collaboration between local creative studio Tofu and boutique developer Breezeway.

It is not a difficult task to spot Temporium with its facade of bright green accents against the pristine white background of the conserved shophouse it is housed in. Once there, you’ll find two levels of goodness, with level 1 consisting the cafe space on one side and ladies’ section on the other, and level 2 consisting the mens’ wear section and gallery space. You’ll be delighted by the selection of products, which are definitely different from the slew of mass market items you’ll find elsewhere — Temporium has thoughtfully curated its products from local labels including Kitchen Label, Miller, Mason & Smith, By Invite Only and so on.

Helmed by artisanal coffee roaster and brewer Papa Palheta (the same people behind the popular Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store) and Chef Wilin Low from Wild Rocket, Temporium’s cafe presents a fresh perspective in terms of the presentation for its menu items. After all, it is not every day that you come across a place that values its food and drinks, and whatever they are served in as equally important! The cafe has tied up with ceramics collective Weekend Worker to come up with customised crockery that is designed to enhance the overall dining experience. At the same time as you are knocking back your coffee, do remember to admire the exquisite workmanship of the cup it comes in!

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel)

As its name suggests, Temporium is by no means a permanent fixture at its current Dunlop Street property — the outlet will be calling it quits by 8 February 2014. But not to worry, there is word that the next outlet is already in the works. We can’t wait.